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 C20091215                                                                                               December 15, 2009

                The commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with Chairman Carl Higgs and Commissioner Marty Long present. Commissioner Madison Traster was absent due to illness. Linda McHenry, County Clerk was also in attendance.


                Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the December 1 & 10, 2009 meetings and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Lance Babcock, Sheriff, requested permission to pay Todd Koehn for one week of vacation and carry over one week into next year since he has not had an opportunity to take any vacation since his anniversary date. Sheriff Babcock's request complies with county policy so the commissioners approved his request. In other business the sheriff said he is going to purchase a new chair for the dispatchers.


                Daron Hall, City Administrator, Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, and John Crosby, Fire Chief, met with the commissioners. Mr. Hall reported on a meeting held between EMS, Fire and Police to discuss safety concerns since there is now a lake at Frazier Park and more activities, including walking and biking trails. It is believed that most items have been budgeted for but the main thing they think is needed is a vehicle for emergency services to navigate the terrain in the area. Ms. Deckert explained that their biggest concern is getting to a person who is in an inaccessible area. Mr. Crosby explained that he budgeted $4,000.00 for what he considers 'bare necessities'. He has not budgeted for a boat or a vehicle. He explained that there is training available through Hutchinson. An awareness class will be taught in the county but other training will have to be done at Hutchinson. Mr. Crosby explained that Polaris makes vehicles that are made for emergency situations, but it is not necessary to purchase one of these due to the cost. It was the consensus of the group that a standard Gator or Polaris type vehicle would be adequate with some modifications which can be done locally. The vehicle would need to be able to carry 3 people plus a patient.  Ms. Deckert said the ambulance department would furnish supplies for the vehicle. The only thing that would not be left on the vehicle would be an oxygen cylinder. Commissioner Long said it was his opinion that the county might purchase the vehicle if the city would maintain it. The city will also have to store it in a building at Frazier Park.  


                John Crosby, Fire Chief, reported the pump on the 1st out pumper did not pass the annual test. There was so much damage that it would cost almost as much to repair the pump as it would to purchase a new one and the warranty would only be 90 days. The commissioners approved replacing the pump.


                J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, presented bids for an electric disconnect at the Civic Center. Dave's Electircal, Inc. submitted a bid to change out 1200A disconnect (only) at the Civic Center.  The bid for fused disconnect was $8,197.00 and the bid for breaker disconnect was $9,445.00. Alltech bid $5,512.09 to replace 1200amp/240v outside disconnect at the civic center.  Marty Long made the motion to approve the bid from Alltech of $5,512.09 for the outside disconnect. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed. This will be paid from the county building fund.


                Marty Long made the motion to transfer the unexpended balances of the various funds to special funds as allowed by statute. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Marty Long made the motion to adopt Resolution 09-08 approving the by-laws and interlocal cooperation agreement for the Kansas County Association Multiline Pool. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Marty Long made the motion to encumber the funds in the WEKANDO fund for expenditure in 2010. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Marty Long made the motion to encumber $1,980.38 in the Ambulance budget for expenditure on helmets and car seats in 2010. (This is money that has been donated for this purpose.) Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Marty Long made the motion to encumber bioterrorism funds in the Health Department for expenditure on a filing system 2010 and $3,500 in regular health department  funds for the purchase of new office chairs in 2010. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Vivian Button, EM Secretary presented a grant application for the Community Emergency Response Team. The items being applied for in the grant are: an equipment trailer; a 25 person shelter kit plus shipping; promotional materials; participant manuals; increase the moulage kit with more supplies; fire extinguishers refills; and conference and training expenses for a total of $12,085.00. Marty Long made the motion to allow Emergency Management to apply for the Kansas Citizen Corps Grant. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.         


                Safety Committee appointments were discussed. Marty Long made the motion to appoint Carl Higgs (replacing Marty Long), Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator (replacing Anita Quimby) and David Harbour (replacing Shelley Brown) to the Safety Committee. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Bill Hall, USD 214 School Superintendent, informed the commissioners about a drainage problem at the bus barn. He asked if the county would be able to do the work to eliminate the problem. Mr. Hall said they use asphalt millings for most of this type of work. The commissioners said they would be willing to help the school district with this job to help save taxpayers some money. Mr. Hall will coordinate this project with Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator.


                Harold DuPree, Airport Board, informed the commissioners that he is stepping down from the airport board. He was first appointed in January 1974. Mr. DuPree said all the airport improvements he wanted to see done have been completed.


                The commissioners recessed for lunch with City of Ulysses officials. Those attending from the city were: Thadd Kistler, Mayor; Council Members, Ann Papay, Janet Stewart, John Duran, John Battin and Larry Velasquez; Administrator, Daron Hall; and City Clerk, Dana Cotherman. General discussion was held.


                The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on January 5, 2010.



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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                                     Carl Higgs, Chairman